11 Things Every Kia Should Have

Even if you never actually run into an emergency while in your car, there are still some things that every driver should have in their Kia. Here are the fifteen things that your car should be equipped with:

1. A cellphone charger – There are very few places where you can drive today that do not have cellphone coverage. Even if you don’t have coverage on one stretch of road, you probably will in a few miles, so having a way to charge your phone, as long as your car is still running, can ensure that even if you are stuck or lost, you will be able to use your cellphone to contact someone for help.

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2. A fully equipped first-aid kit – You never know when you are going to need a bandage, antiseptic cream, or aspirin. Having even a basic first aid kit in your car can make it much easier to take care of minor bumps and cuts, or to help staunch bigger injuries until you have the opportunity to get to a hospital.

car kit3. Reflectors – If you ever have to change a tire on the side of the road at night, you are going to want to have reflectors. And because tires are just as likely to go flat at night as they are during the day, it’s always best to plan for the worst, even if you never actually end up using the reflectors themselves.

4. A flashlight – A flashlight is a great tool to have not just in a kit that you keep in your trunk, but also in the door or jockey box of your Kia. You never know when you might need a flashlight while driving, so having one on hand is a great idea. While a model that uses batteries is great, if you can find a flashlight that charges itself with a crank or even by shaking the flashlight, you’ll never have to worry about running out of battery power while changing a flat tire in the dark or trying to signal a car for help.

5. A tire pressure gauge – Your Kia won’t come with a tire pressure gauge and newer models will alert you when tires are low, but in order to fill those tires up, you’ll definitely need a gauge that allows you test the pressure in your tires and know when they are full, overfilled, or under filled. There are a few different types you can find on the market, include ones with digital readouts and analog readouts.

6. Jumper cables – There’s nothing worse than knowing your battery is dead but not being able to jump it because you don’t have jumper cables. These cheap cables should be one of your first purchases after you buy a new Kia, and they should go right in your trunk. That way, even if you don’t actually ever need to use them, they will be on hand so you can help out someone else.

7. Gloves – Winter is coming and that means slower traffic and traffic jams. There’s nothing worse than being stuck on the freeway, traffic at a stand still, because of an accident up ahead. You might not want to sit with your car on the entire time, and that means you will want a pair of gloves in the trunk of your car. These can even be heavy duty gloves that can also be used while changing a tire or doing other maintenance to your vehicle.

8. A Swiss Army knife or similar tool – While you don’t have to pay out for the most expensive utility knife, having a pocket knife that has a sharp blade, a screwdriver, a file, and a few other tools can be a great way to make sure that you are prepared for just about anything. You never know when a tool like this might come in handy, whether for making a quick repair to your car or helping out someone else in need.

9. A rain poncho – What do you do if you need to change a tire, in the dark, with the rain coming down? You pull on the rain poncho you have stored in your jockey box and you get to work! A rain poncho is an excellent addition to any car kit and is a great way to stay dry, even if you do have to venture out into inclement weather in order to make a repair to a tire or other part of your Kia.

10. Water – It’s always a good idea to keep a few bottles of water in your car. Think again of how long you might be stuck on the freeway if there is a bad accident up ahead of you. The last thing you want to do is to become dehydrated just because you did not plan ahead. Having a few bottles of water in your car is good for emergencies, too. If your Kia gets a flat tire in the middle of the summer and you have to change the tire out in the heat, you can easily dehydrate. It also makes good impromptu windshield washer fluid if you run out.

11. A snow shovel – The roads might be clear when you arrive at work, but what happens if it snows a foot and a half while you are at the office? The plows might not have had the chance to come and clear the parking lot yet, and your sedan might be too short to get out of its spot, with that level of snow around it. A snow shovel can help you dig your car (and other cars) out.

The Five Best Accessories for the Kia Sedona

2015 Kia Sedona SX LimitedA van is a great way to haul around your entire family, without squishing everyone into the back of a sedan. If you have more than two kids, you have probably, at some point, considered getting a van or mini-van, that allows you to get your family around in comfort—and probably with less bickering. Over the last ten years, the van has somewhat fallen out of profile. A downturn in the economy and rising gas prices meant that buyers wanted smaller, more fuel-efficient cars, even if they weren’t exactly functional for the large family.

Now that the economy has started to recovery, families are once again seeing the benefits of a large vehicle—one that gets their family where they want to go, without sacrificing fuel efficiency. That’s what the Kia Sedona has to offer. It’s a stylish minivan with plenty of power and options to make it great for the family of four or more that wants to enjoy their commutes and road trips, instead of being trapped together in a less-than-ideal compact sedan.

The current Sedona minivan has more advanced technology and better features that previous model years, making a great choice for families looking for a vehicle with a little more room that won’t break the bank. There are also a number of accessories you can add to your Sedona to make it even more functional.

1. The Splash Guards Kit

Here in New Jersey, we get plenty of rain and snow. That means a set of splash guards are essential for your Sedona. As you zip around town on your way to work or to drop the kids off at school or running errands, splash guards will prevent the water, snow, or ice from being sprayed up into the van’s undercarriage.

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Why is this important? Because, as you already know, cars in New Jersey, because of the moisture, are more susceptible to corrosion. If you can keep the moisture out of your Sedona’s components, you’ll see less corrosion over time, and that means a longer life for your van, which in turn means lower repair or replacement costs. While splash guards might seem like an unimportant addition to your vehicle, they are one of the best ways to help prevent moisture from damaging all of the vital, moving metal parts in your van.

2. All Weather Rubber Mats

If you have kids or pets, these are essential. The new Sedona has an upgraded interior and it’s definitely one of the biggest selling points. That means that you want to keep it in optimal condition for as long as possible. If you have kids or pets, you know how difficult it is to keep them from getting mud, snow, rocks, sand, and all manner of mess on the mats of your van.

While you could attempt to make everyone clean off their shoes before they’re allowed to get into your Sedona, there’s an easier way to keep your interior looking clean and beautiful. That’s with all-weather rubber floor mats. Whether you have an avid soccer player that gets into the van covered in mud and grass, or whether you have a big dog that’s bound to be a little muddy after a hike, these floor mats will protect your interior from whatever is tracked into your vehicle. They’re much easier to clean than the fabric mats below and if you buy them directly from your Kia dealership, you’ll get a set made specifically for your Sedona, with a perfect fit.

3. Trunk Cargo Mat

As a busy family, you probably do more than your fair share of “toting.” Even just dropping the kids off at school can mean three backpacks, three pairs of shoes, three lunches all strewn in your van’s cargo area. It’s where you put your groceries after a shopping trip, where you stow your son’s bike when you pick him up from a friends, and where you put the art supplies you need to take to the PTA meeting tonight.
Your cargo area gets a lot of action—that’s what it’s there for. But it also means that it’s the first part of your car to get worn and scuffed up. There is a way to prevent this, however, with a carpeted trunk cargo mat. This mat is designed to protect the interior of your cargo area, so you can get on with your errands, without worrying about ruining the beautiful interior of your Sedona. Again, if you buy one right form your dealership, you’ll get a mat that fits your van perfectly.

4. Rear Cargo Organizer

Besides the stylish interior (and exterior), another selling point of the Kia Sedona is cargo space. There’s plenty of it, making your Sedona more functional than other vans on the road, whether you need lots of space for luggage on a road trip or for shopping sprees. A rear cargo organizer is a great way to maximize your cargo space.

The one offered by Kia is a net that you can use to capture loose items like shoes, delicate groceries, or shopping bags, so they are at your fingertips whenever you might need them. It can even help keep your Sedona clean, by keeping muddy shoes or other dirty items off of your cargo area.

5. Chrome Accents

Is this a functional accessory? Maybe not—but it is a stylish one. The Kia Sedona has taken some serious design hints form European cars, and a little bit of chrome around the windows only adds to that. While most Sedonas don’t come with this standard, it’s easy enough to add, and it only makes your van look more stylish and expensive. It’s a great way to take your Sedona to an entirely different level.

Top Ten Reasons Kias Are Great for New Drivers

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The day has come, your little guy or gal is turning sixteen, and it’s time to start looking into getting them a car. While it might seem, at first, that buying your teenager a car is an unnecessary gift, if they have a car of their own, they’re able to get themselves and their friends around town, they can run errands for you, and when you’re tired of driving, your teen will likely be more than happy to take the wheel of their very own car. Driving is a responsibility and a privilege, and if you’re nervous about allowing your teenager to have his very own car that he can zip around town in, you’ll find comfort in buying him a Kia. Here are the top ten reasons Kia cars are great for new drivers.

1. Advanced safety features.

Every Kia is equipped with top-of-the-line safety features that makes driving much, much safer. Even if your new driver is the safest person on the road, you have to plan for the recklessness and inattention of other drivers. This is where a Kia comes in. With advanced safety features, your new driver will not only be protected if they make a mistake, but also if other drivers makes a mistake. There are also a number of features that just makes driver safer overall, like lights that turn with the road and a parking assist system.

2. Excellent safety ratings.

Again, your new driver might never be the cause of a crash—but that doesn’t mean they will never get in one. New drivers, especially, might not know what to do in the event of a crash, but that’s why Kia is equipped with some of the most advanced safety systems. Kia cars are built to take the energy of a crash. Protecting the driver is the first priority, and that’s what you want when you’re looking for a car for a loved one.

3. Stylish exteriors.

Let’s face it, your kid wants a car that is as stylish as it is functional. He or she doesn’t want to be cruising around town in a dump—they want to look cool. You’re in luck when you buy a Kia. Whether you opt for an SUV or a compact sedan, you are sure to find a car that they love the look of, just as much as you love the safety features.

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4. Stylish interiors.

Again, your kid wants something cool, as well as functional. Kia cars are expertly styled and extremely functional, with enough cup holders for everyone to enjoy a soda, as well as an intuitive design that puts everything your teen needs right at her fingertips. She won’t be fumbling for the radio or the climate control in a Kia, they are right where she expects them to be, so she doesn’t have to take her eyes off the road. While having a “cool” car might not be as high on your list for your new driver as having something safe and reliable, some cars can do both.

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5. Great fuel efficiency.

One of the biggest benefits of purchasing a Kia is the exceptional fuel efficiency—that means that having your teen run errands or get himself to and from school is going to be far less expensive than if you bought from another brand. Adding another gas bill to your budget might be daunting, but when you purchase a Kia, you don’t have to budget that much per month to keep his tank full.

6. Excellent warranties.

Another great reason to choose Kia is the range of great warranties offered on all of their vehicles. These warranties far outstrip those offered by any other brand, making most issues during those first five to ten years of driving not really that big of deal. This is a great program for drivers who might still be learning the ropes and for whom a little trouble is inevitable.

7. Reliable.

When purchasing a car for a new driver, how reliable that car is should play a major factor in your purchasing decision. Having an unreliable car is a problem for any driver, but particularly for a new one. Plus, if this car is for your teenager, you will feel much better about letting them drive on their own when you know that their car is not going to break down on them on their way to school. Having a reliable vehicle is vital, and Kia makes some of the most reliable cars on the road.

8. Advanced technology.

If your new driver is tech savvy and wants to take as much advantage of their smartphone and apps as possible, a Kia is a great choice. Many models allow you to wirelessly connect a smartphone to the entertainment system, allowing the driver to play their own music stored on the phone or even use apps like Pandora in order to play whatever they want, whenever they want. The advanced technology, of course, ranges beyond the entertainment system, with advanced sensors and alerts that let you know immediately if something is wrong with your vehicle.

9. Affordable.

You don’t want to pay more than you have to for a safe, reliable, stylish vehicle. You’ll find that compacts like the Kia Rio start as low as $14,000, making them an extremely affordable choice when it comes to purchasing a car for a young person. Even a larger car like a Sportage will be less expensive than most sedans from other brands.

10. Great standard features.

One of the roadblocks most new car buyers find when purchasing a car is that brands start off with a very basic model that has almost no features—some may not even have power windows! Every Kia comes with a wide variety of features standard on all of their vehicles, so you don’t have to spend thousands more than you intended to, just to get the features you need.

Ten More Apps for Your Car

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Here at Burlington Kia, we know how important technology is to your life and to sustaining the life of your car. There are plenty of apps that can make your driving experience more efficient or just more fun! Even if you are new to smartphones and apps, you can still make major use of these apps, and your Kia will love you for it! Here are ten more apps you can use for your car. Check out our original list of five apps here.

1. Good Sam Roadside Assistance – While this one is not going to be necessary for those who have the warranty that includes roadside assistance, just in case, here’s the best roadside assistance app on the market. You just sign in, tell them what your problem is, and they send a “Good Sam” to help you out. Being able to select your exactly problem means that you get the right service faster. If you’ve locked yourself out of your car, for example, they don’t send you someone who can only change your flat tire.

2. iOnRoad – Say you want to know how far you are behind another car—there’s an app for that. This isn’t just interesting information to know, it can save your life if the car in front of you stops short. Tailgating is dangerous because you may not have enough time to react to a short stop. This app tells you how much time you have to stop if the car ahead of stops short, by measuring the distance in between your car and that one in front. Pretty useful information!

3. Car Xpenses – If you want all of the info about your car’s maintenance needs, right in your pocket, this is the app for you. It helps you budget for routine maintenance and reminds you when you need to bring your car into Burlington Kia for that maintenance. It tracks your car’s needs based on days and miles, so that you can know if you need something refilled or checked before you head off on a trip.

4. Pandora – If you get the upgrade package that includes satellite radio, you might not need Pandora on your smartphone, unless you are extra attached to one of your Pandora stations. All you have to do is sign in and you have access to millions of tracks, in hundreds of genres, and the ability to build your own stations, which play only music you actually like. If you have Bluetooth, you may be able to link it up with your Kia’s sound system, or use the AV input.

5. AccuFuel – This app, too, is covered by the tech features in most Kias, but it is great to have all of your fuel information on the go. This app is the best way to track your fuel usage and MPG on your smartphone, and also helps you keep track of how often you are getting gas. It’s great for road trips, staying on top of how many miles you’ve driven in a specific trip or just in one day. For anyone that like to know their car’s fuel usage at a moment’s notice, this is the best app for you.

6. Find My Car – You’ve parked your Kia…somewhere? If you live in the big city, you might have to park your car several blocks from where you actually need to be. That means, once it’s time to find your car, you might forget where it is. Find My Car prevents this by actually finding your car. Once it is parked, the app can always track back to its geographical location—and then it can navigate you safely back to where you’ve left your car.

7. iExit Interstate Exit Guide – Are you driving through an unfamiliar area? Or just want to know the very best exit to get off at for hotels or gas stations? That’s what this app is perfect for. It tracks your location and gives you a list of exits and what amenities each exit holds. It’s great if you notice your gas is low and you’re not familiar with the area. Instead of getting off at the wrong exit and wasting gas, looking for a gas station, you get off at the exit where you know you can find the gas station.

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8. aCar – This app is all in one—it measures how far you drive, how much you spend on gas, gas prices in your area, how many gallons you put in your car each time you fill up, and even how your miles per gallon compares to the average for your car. It lets you know how much you’re spending on gas and even export all of the information out of the app. This is information that just about any Kia driver would love to have.

9. Neomatix Tire Check – While a Kia car will tell if you its tires are low, they have to get pretty underinflated before the car will let you know that it has a problem. This app is a great backup and will tell you almost immediately if each tire is just fine, underinflated, or flat. Because driving on underinflated (or overinflated) tires is dangerous, this app can help keep you safe! The app does a visual scan of each tire—welcome to the future!

10. Best Parking – If you live in a big city (or even just a town that has very little parking, this app is here to help. It tells you the best and safest places to park your car, in relation to your ultimate destination. It’s great if you are visiting a city with your Kia and have no idea where to even start to look for parking. Don’t worry—this app has you covered.

Looking for a Cherry Hill Kia Dealer?  We have you covered… stop by for a test drive today.

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Cherry Hill, NJ to Burlington Kia

Cherry Hill, NJ to Burlington Kia

To get to Burlington Kia from the middle of Cherry Hill:

  • Travel northeast on Fulton Street and then turn left onto Martin Ave.
  • In half a mile, turn right onto Haddonfield Road, then in 3.7 miles merge onto US-130 N.
  • After 10.7 miles turn left onto High Street, and in 328 feet take your first left onto US-130 S.
  • In 30 feet, you will see Burlington Kia on the right.

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Top Ten Reasons to Drive a Kia

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Kia continues to grow in the American market due to extremely high value and crash test ratings from independent evaluation firms. Kia cars are sporty and fun to drive, and most of all, are priced competitively. If you haven’t checked out your NJ Kia Dealer yet, now is the time. Here are ten great reasons to drive a Kia.

1. Lots of upgrades. Not that the standard models are lacking, but Kia’s upgrade packages come with lots of choices, so you can really personalize your car in a way that few other manufacturers will let you. If you want LED lights, you can have them. If you want aluminum wheels, don’t worry, we’re on it. Heated front seats, remote access, a push button ignition—all things you can have if you pick upgrades. And here’s what’s great about upgrades on Kia vehicles: you can get a better car, at the same prices as our competitors. You can get what’s akin to a luxury vehicle, without the luxury price tag.

2. Better interiors. For some companies, interiors come second to body styling and what’s under the hood. At Kia, what’s inside is just as important as what’s outside. Seats are designed to make long trips feel like short trips. There’s also lots of foot room and the backseat isn’t an afterthought. You know if you’ve sat in a car where the backseat is an afterthought—it’s uncomfortable, you have no leg room, even when the front seats are pulled all the way forward, and there are no cup holders back there. Upgrades like sun roofs and rear air conditioning just make the interior all the more welcoming.

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3. Great drivability. They are fun to drive, it’s as simple as that. We’ve always known what some car companies are just starting to figure out, that a car needs a little bit of punch to really engage the driver. The more responsive the car is, the more alert the driver will be. When a car is actually fun to drive, with great acceleration and no lag, that’s when people pay attention to the car and the road.

4. Great for twisty roads. If you live in the mountains or often take trips there, you’re going to love driving a Kia. All of our models hug the road so you feel completely in control, even on the most twisty and dangerous looking of roads. Don’t let the sleek body fool you, these cars are powerhouses that do as they’re told.

5. Great ratings. When it comes to safety and reliability ratings, Kia has been awarded plenty of both, including a 5-star crash test rating, awarded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Sportage, for example, was picked as a HIS Top Safety Pick last year, and our cars are routinely picked for “safest” and “most reliable” picks by just about any organization that makes those kinds of determinations.

6. Improved warranties. Every new car buyer wants a great warranty There’s no way around it—you need to be able to rely on the company just as heavily as you rely on the car itself. That’s why Kia has one of the best warranties in the business, with a ten year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, complete with five years of roadside assistance. Those are perks that you’re only going to get when you drive a Kia.

7. Lots of choices. Kia has lots of cars to choose from, starting with Rio and the Forte, up to the Sorento and the Sedona. There are about fourteen models to choose from, and those are just the standard cars. When you look at the upgrade packages available for each car, you have a lot of choices. It’s almost always the number one complaint that car shoppers have—there isn’t enough variety. There’s plenty of variety with Kia, whether you need a small car to zip around town or a big SUV for toting around the entire family.

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8. Lower prices. Don’t be fooled—lower prices doesn’t mean lower quality cars. You can get a great car, at a much better price than with other companies—whether you’re looking for a compact, a sedan, or a SUV. Kia has made a splash in many of the car classes in recent years, with hits like the Rio and Forte. The Forte especially, is a favorite among sedan drivers, not just because it is so competitively priced, but because it has all of the features that they want. Kia never tries to reel you in with a low price and then jack it up just so you can get the features that should be standard.

9. More versatility. Your Kia doesn’t just have to be for running errands around town. It’s just as good for a road trip as it is for dropping the kids off at school. Kia cars have been specially designed to be multi-purpose, with lots of trunk space for luggage, toting tools, hauling boxes, etc., as well as the improved engine that actually makes it fun to drive.

10. Great for new drivers. If you’re a parent looking for a car for your new driver, Kia’s cars are not just in the perfect price range, but also have the features that you need, including lots of airbags, heated mirrors, and steering wheel controls that keep a driver’s hands on the wheel. If there are any problems with tire pressure, transmission, and power steering, the car lets you know. Features like these can put your mind at ease as you let your teenager hit the road by themselves.

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Kia UVO Explained

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These days, almost every car maker is adding at least some degree of advanced technological features to their popular models with varying degrees of success. However, few manufacturers come close to what Kia offers drivers with the Kia UVO system. For those unfamiliar with this peerless technology package, these are some of the benefits that UVO provides.

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UVO Entertainment

Gone are the days of relying on terrestrial radio, cassette tapes, or even compact discs to provide in-car entertainment. The UVO Digital Jukebox incorporates the still disparate elements of modern music listening, including music from smartphones and USB flash drives, into one intuitive interface that allows you to easily listen to your entire music collection through your Kia’s stereo system.

Advanced Convenience

Convenience has always been the name of the game when it comes to the many features offered by car makers, but UVO takes convenience to a whole other level with iPhone and Android compatibility, Advanced Voice Recognition, color touchscreen, eServices Guide, Google Maps-powered Personal Points of Interest, and more. UVO creates a seamless experience for drivers and passengers like no other.

Making Maintenance Easy

No matter how reliable your vehicle, there is always going to be at least some maintenance to take care of on a regular basis. UVO makes this as easy as possible for Kia owners with the option to schedule maintenance directly through your mobile app and receive important maintenance reminders directly through UVO eServices. Instead having to bring your vehicle in for important diagnostic tests, you can schedule regular diagnostics through UVO as often as you like, and UVO will let you know the details of any critical issue it detects at any time. When issues are detected, you have the option to send for roadside assistance or schedule maintenance directly through the touchscreen.

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Peace of Mind with Emergency Services

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UVO

During emergency situations on the road, precious seconds and minutes can make a huge amount of difference. The UVO system’s 911 Connect minimizes the time and effort it takes to summon emergency services by automatically calling 911 and – if possible – communicating the location of your vehicle as soon as an airbag deploys. With the Enhanced Roadside Assistance feature, UVO will connect you with Roadside Assistance and transmit pertinent data whenever you run into a maintenance issue – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The myriad benefits of UVO are just part of what is remarkable about Kia ownership. Visit Burlington Kia to learn more about what Kia vehicles have to offer.